Kligerman's Day Ends Early in NNS Las Vegas Race

February 28, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 27, 2010) - Parker Kligerman driver of the No. 42 Team 42 Racing Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, finished 35th after experiencing transmission problems in the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

The start of the race was delayed by about 90 minutes due to a rain shower that passed through the area before the scheduled start time. The green flag flew under cloudy skies and a strong breeze that kept the temperature chilly throughout the afternoon.

Kligerman, the 19-year-old Penske Racing development driver, started the race 21st on the grid. He ran as high as 13th in the early stages of the race. Prior to the first pit stop on lap 58, Kligerman reported that the car was handling tight entering the corners and was also tight through the center of the turns. During the first pit stop, Crew Chief Chris Carrier and the No. 42 team made both track bar and air pressure adjustments to try and improve the car's performance.

On the ensuing race restart, Kligerman reported a vibration in the rear of the car, but he was able to maintain consistent lap times. The Team 42 Racing Dodge Charger came down pit lane again on lap 84. The crew went to work as they bolted on four fresh tires and topped the car off with fuel. When the field took the green flag to restart the race on lap 92, Kligerman reported that it was difficult to get the Team 42 Racing Dodge into fourth gear. Shortly thereafter, Kligerman reported that he had lost drive to the rear wheels and he had to drive the car behind the wall. The transmission troubles brought an early end to the day for the No. 42 team, as Kligerman was scored in 35th place.

"The No. 42 Team 42 Racing Dodge was fast today," said Kligerman. "We were able to run competitive lap times throughout the race and I felt we had a car that was capable of a top-10 finish. Early in the race, the car was a tight going into the corner and tight in the middle, but that improved with the changes we made in the pits. After the second pit stop, I couldn't get the car into fourth gear and when it finally went, I lost power to the rear wheels. We had a good car today, but we had an unfortunate break. We will come back strong in Bristol."

Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Justin Allgaier finished in fourth place and seventh place, respectively, in Saturday's Sam's Town 300.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will next race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 on Saturday, March 20. The race will be televised on ABC at 2:00 pm ET.